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A general guide to the holiday resorts, towns and some of the villages around Gran Canaria


Arinaga is on the east coast of the island in the region of Aguimes. When there’s no wind it’s one of my favourite places on the island but a place to avoid on windy days. You can see the current conditions at the bottom of this page.

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Arucas is a town and area filled with history. Originally, Gran Canaria was divided into 10 "kingdoms", Arucas being one of them. The ancient inhabitants farmed the land, living as shepherds or growing wheat and barley, and living in the surrounding hills in caves. To this day, many of these caves still exist and several are still inhabited, though modernized a little to include all the comforts expected from a modern-day house.

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One of the most picturesque villages on the island Firgas is located towards the north coast, around a 20 minute drive up into the mountains from Arucas so ideal to combine the two towns in the same day. The area is rich in water sources and this is shown in the town center in the from of a spectacular water display.

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Another one of those places you can't get to by public transport, need a car for this one but a nice half-day out. If you are driving up there, go up almost as far as the airport and as you see the runway take the exit to Carizal, then follow the signs to Ingenio until you start to see the brown tourism signs for Guayadeque.

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Las Palmas

How to get there from the south?

There are bus services from all the holiday resorts in the south to Las Palmas. From Puerto Rico, the express service is the number 91 (the number 1 is the most frequent "stopping service"). From Maspalomas (Faro stop) the express service is the number 50 service (number 1 and 30 stopping services) but you can find more info about bus services by clicking here.

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